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Eat Like Chefs and Bartenders at These Greasy Spoons

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The work life of a chef or bartender usually includes long hours that can (eventually) lead to late-night or early-morning visits to a greasy spoon. Just because they prepare some of the most sophisticated food and drink in the world doesn't mean they don't enjoy a good old-fashioned grease-laden meal from time to time like the rest of the city. Check out the map to see which greasy spoons they recommend—if you're lucky, you might just run into one of them.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cozy Corner Diner & Pancake House

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2294 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-2215
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If you're out by the California Blue Line stop in Logan Square, stop into Cozy Corner. Many, many chefs do, such as Mindy Segal, Cosmo Goss, Jason Vincent and Erik Chizeck from Barrelhouse Flat. Recommended dishes include "breakfast for dinner" and the corned beef hash.

2. Diner Grill

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1635 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613-2526
(773) 248-2030
Diner Grill is a favorite of many Chicago industry folk, including Chris Pandel, Jared Van Camp, Mike Sheerin, Erling Wu-Bower, and Josh Pearson. Order "the slinger" or "the dick burger." Pandel calls Diner Grill "a great intro into Chicago after hours greatness."

3. Kappy's Pancake House

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7200 Dempster St
Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 470-1900
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This suburban spot has the distinction of employing a former Charlie Trotter's employee and is run by cousins of the famous Palace Grill on Madison. Tony Priolo is a fan, he enjoys the omelettes.

4. Steak 'n Egger

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1174 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 226-5444
This tiny counter in Pilsen comes highly recommended by Pat Sheerin, Chris Curren, and Ryan McCaskey. Sheerin goes there "any time I have four-to-five hours of recovery time ahead of me, because it is coma inducing." High praise.

5. White Palace Grill

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1159 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 939-7167
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White Palace Grill isn't just a favorite of Guy Fieri, it's also a spot that local chefs like The Publican's Brian Huston enjoy. Try the patty melt, blue plate specials, and eight types of chicken and waffles.

6. Huck Finn Restaurant

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10501 S Cicero Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 499-1112
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Huck Finn Restaurants are a South Side staple. Stop into the location on S. Cicero in Oak Lawn and you might just run into Graham Elliot.

7. Au Cheval

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800 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 929-4580
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The crowd at Brendan Sodikoff's take on a diner includes chefs and bartenders: Rene DeLeon (Dawson), Doug Psaltis (Lettuce Entertain You), and Griffin Elliot (Sepia) among them.

8. Melrose Restaurant

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3233 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 327-2060
East Lakeview diner Melrose Restaurant is beloved by both Matthias Merges and The Bentley's Ian Flowers. Merges loves it because "it's been there forever and they actually have a few homemade items."

9. Jeri's Grill

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4357 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 604-8775
Cleetus Friedman calls Jeri's Grill a "good old late night shit show" and recommends the chicken fried steak and eggs at the quintessential hole-in-the-wall.

10. Eleven City Diner

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1112 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 212-1112
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If you go to Eleven City Diner one day, you might run into Curtis Duffy or Lettuce Entertain You partner Marc Jacobs. Duffy sometimes brings his kids here.

11. Windy City Cafe

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1062 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 492-8010
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While Senza's Noah Sandoval focuses on "sophisticated simplicity" at his restaurant, sometimes he eats at Windy City Cafe, the spot at the Chicago and Milwaukee intersection.

12. Hamburger King

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3435 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-4452
Hamburger King in Wrigleyville can be a confusing mix of classic diner fare and greasy Asian food. Dirk Flanigan, who has been a fan since 1988, recommends the Asian fare and the fact that they "serve togarashi with everything."

13. Flying Saucer

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1123 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-9076
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Humboldt Park's Flying Saucer, only open until 3 p.m., is a go-to breakfast and lunch spot for many vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters. Found's Nicole Pederson enjoys the "La Bazza Bowl" while Giuseppe Tentori enjoys the "Trucker Bowl."

14. Hollywood Grill

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1601 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395-1818
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DineAmic corporate chef (Siena Tavern, Bull & Bear, Public House) David Blonsky loves the spot on the northeastern edge of Wicker Park because it has "one of his favorite reubens in the city."

15. Kevin's Hamburger Heaven

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554 W Pershing Rd
Chicago, IL 60609
(312) 268-5748
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Want to eat breakfast like Frontier chef Brian Jupiter? Then check out Kevin's Hamburger Heaven and order the T-bone steak and eggs. He calls it "a hell of a deal for $12. The steak is always tender and seasoned well. Two cooks crank it out, sometimes only one, and the place gets packed."

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1. Cozy Corner Diner & Pancake House

2294 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
If you're out by the California Blue Line stop in Logan Square, stop into Cozy Corner. Many, many chefs do, such as Mindy Segal, Cosmo Goss, Jason Vincent and Erik Chizeck from Barrelhouse Flat. Recommended dishes include "breakfast for dinner" and the corned beef hash.
2294 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

2. Diner Grill

1635 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613-2526
Diner Grill is a favorite of many Chicago industry folk, including Chris Pandel, Jared Van Camp, Mike Sheerin, Erling Wu-Bower, and Josh Pearson. Order "the slinger" or "the dick burger." Pandel calls Diner Grill "a great intro into Chicago after hours greatness."
1635 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613-2526

3. Kappy's Pancake House

7200 Dempster St, Morton Grove, IL 60053
This suburban spot has the distinction of employing a former Charlie Trotter's employee and is run by cousins of the famous Palace Grill on Madison. Tony Priolo is a fan, he enjoys the omelettes.
7200 Dempster St
Morton Grove, IL 60053

4. Steak 'n Egger

1174 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608
This tiny counter in Pilsen comes highly recommended by Pat Sheerin, Chris Curren, and Ryan McCaskey. Sheerin goes there "any time I have four-to-five hours of recovery time ahead of me, because it is coma inducing." High praise.
1174 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60608

5. White Palace Grill

1159 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60607
White Palace Grill isn't just a favorite of Guy Fieri, it's also a spot that local chefs like The Publican's Brian Huston enjoy. Try the patty melt, blue plate specials, and eight types of chicken and waffles.
1159 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Huck Finn Restaurant

10501 S Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Huck Finn Restaurants are a South Side staple. Stop into the location on S. Cicero in Oak Lawn and you might just run into Graham Elliot.
10501 S Cicero Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

7. Au Cheval

800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
The crowd at Brendan Sodikoff's take on a diner includes chefs and bartenders: Rene DeLeon (Dawson), Doug Psaltis (Lettuce Entertain You), and Griffin Elliot (Sepia) among them.
800 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Melrose Restaurant

3233 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
East Lakeview diner Melrose Restaurant is beloved by both Matthias Merges and The Bentley's Ian Flowers. Merges loves it because "it's been there forever and they actually have a few homemade items."
3233 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

9. Jeri's Grill

4357 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Cleetus Friedman calls Jeri's Grill a "good old late night shit show" and recommends the chicken fried steak and eggs at the quintessential hole-in-the-wall.
4357 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

10. Eleven City Diner

1112 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
If you go to Eleven City Diner one day, you might run into Curtis Duffy or Lettuce Entertain You partner Marc Jacobs. Duffy sometimes brings his kids here.
1112 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

11. Windy City Cafe

1062 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
While Senza's Noah Sandoval focuses on "sophisticated simplicity" at his restaurant, sometimes he eats at Windy City Cafe, the spot at the Chicago and Milwaukee intersection.
1062 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

12. Hamburger King

3435 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Hamburger King in Wrigleyville can be a confusing mix of classic diner fare and greasy Asian food. Dirk Flanigan, who has been a fan since 1988, recommends the Asian fare and the fact that they "serve togarashi with everything."
3435 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

13. Flying Saucer

1123 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Humboldt Park's Flying Saucer, only open until 3 p.m., is a go-to breakfast and lunch spot for many vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters. Found's Nicole Pederson enjoys the "La Bazza Bowl" while Giuseppe Tentori enjoys the "Trucker Bowl."
1123 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Hollywood Grill

1601 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
DineAmic corporate chef (Siena Tavern, Bull & Bear, Public House) David Blonsky loves the spot on the northeastern edge of Wicker Park because it has "one of his favorite reubens in the city."
1601 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

15. Kevin's Hamburger Heaven

554 W Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60609
Want to eat breakfast like Frontier chef Brian Jupiter? Then check out Kevin's Hamburger Heaven and order the T-bone steak and eggs. He calls it "a hell of a deal for $12. The steak is always tender and seasoned well. Two cooks crank it out, sometimes only one, and the place gets packed."
554 W Pershing Rd
Chicago, IL 60609

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